What is worth more – art or life? And should we talk about things that have been talked about before?

Van Gogh, Just Stop Oil, activism, repetition and argumentative fallacies.

Over-consumption in pop music: not a fan’s fault

Her favorite band drops a new album, Trang, an office worker, pre-ordered eight CDs. "Why that many?", you may ask. The reasons vary, but the roots of this excessive purchase lie between fans' support for their artists, problematic music charts and music labels’ sale tactics.

[#FutureGenerations series] Activist Duong Dang: “The biggest challenges must now be tackled at a local, micro-level”

#FutureGeneration series: a talk with Duong Dang, a Hanoi-based activist. We'll discuss the biggest challenges of future generations according to Duong, and her projects in helping voice up the marginalized ethnic groups in Vietnam.

Waste is a Failure of Design – The first year in review

Once my friend asked what my "first five-year plan" was for this blog. I said, well, to keep it going for at least five years?

Valentine’s day: buy me a flower or plant me a tree? 

The beautiful bouquets we fall in love with every celebration, where do they come from? We explore the basics behind cut flowers in this article.

Biodiversity: understanding the basics to start taking action (for real)

What is the thing that everyone agrees is of absolute importance - but doesn't care about? Yes, it's biodiversity. It's time we talk about this. In this article, we'll discuss the definition of biodiversity, the different types of biodiversity, and the drivers of biodiversity loss.

The 3 levers to decarbonize industries: their feasibilities and levels of efficiency

We'll discuss 3 levers to decarbonize industries, including the modification of the energy mix; reduction of waste heat and electrification; carbon capture, storage and utilisation of hydrogen.

A 2022 Challenge: Five things to inspire a less-waste lifestyle

If you are looking for a meaningful fun challenge for your 2022, and if you are still perplexed with the complexity and grandeur of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradations, this article is designed just for you 🙂

“Green” investments and savings: struggles and ideas

Why are investments and savings such an important discussion in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss? We discuss the reality of "green" investments and savings, and ideas worth looking at as an investor.

A white paper and a change of mindset: roles & capabilities of industries & businesses in the environmental shift

We're very happy to announce that with my colleagues at Stim, we just published a white paper called “Entreprises: how to reinvent to truly contribute to the environmental shift?”!

Alleviate the inherent inefficiency – case of small, local initiatives

We'll discuss two reasons leading to an inherent inefficiency that is probably not solvable and not eliminable, but can only be alleviated. 

A diet of sound: mindful notes to enjoy music in the streaming era

In the era of music streaming, it seems that we are consuming less materials for recording music. Has the carbon footprint of recorded music been reduced? We shall explore the environmental impacts of different recording formats and suggestions for less energy-demanding ways to enjoy music.

Spiritual waste, traditions and alternatives in a city of 8 million people: a talk with artist Chi L. NGUYEN

We discussed the paradox of how spiritual individuals, devoted to higher Spirits and natural forces, can overlook the degradation of their surrounding environment in their daily life.

Overfishing: there will no longer be plenty of fish in the sea. What are our alternatives?

The question was simple: which choice will leave more environmental footprints - eating cheese or eating sardines? We'll discuss industrial fishing, "sustainable" fish farming, and eating farther down the food chain.

How to enjoy exotic flavors we have grown to love in Europe, without leaving a huge carbon footprint?

Today, it is quite unimaginable for Europeans to skip on chocolate, nor coffee or tea, or sugar, pepper, bananas, avocados…What are ways to enjoy these flavors without leaving too much ecological damage? We'll discuss sailing, greenhouses using thermal mass, heat sink, geothermal energy, compost heater, and fruit walls.

Forest garden or edible garden: a quick and practical guide to the concept

Why should we introduce forests back to our agricultural system? In this article, we'll discuss the history of forest gardening, the importance of creating a self-sustaining and low-maintenance agricultural system, with several practical information and resources for those who want to install their own forest garden.

Micro-farming: how it works in Vietnam’s urban area

How have the Vietnamese maintained edible gardens in their densely populated cities? We'll discuss micro-farming, food anxiety, rooftop gardens, backyard gardens, and planting in public spaces.

Our growing addiction to energy: what could be the remedy?

What does it mean "moderate energy consumption", when it is almost impossible to name one activity in our lives without the use of large-scale produced energy? We discuss humanity's addiction to energy, individual choices on energy consumption and new hobbies developed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Different sources of energy: which one is less “bad”?

Any choice we make on our energy source will have an impact on the environment. Something that does not have an impact simply does not exist. In order to make informed choices, we'll examine here the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources: coal, oil, natural gas, hydropower, wind power, solar power while comparing their energy density and carbon intensity.

Beyond zero-waste restaurants: celebrate local yields

The catering and restaurant industry is a wasteful milieu. Yet, two hundred years ago, every restaurant was a zero-waste restaurant. We'll talk about zero-waste restaurants, locally sourced ingredients and products, natural sweeteners, heavily subsidized dairy products, and two wonderful experiences at two bistros in France.